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3.22.19 Blocks & Files
"UC San Diego: Optane is great but...different"
Researchers at UC San Diego put the Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory Module through its paces and found that application performance varies widely. But the overall picture is that of a boost in performance from using Optane DIMMs. The same is true for the byte-addressable memory mapped mode, where performance for RocksDB increases 3.5 times, while Redis 3.2 gains just 20 per cent. Understanding the root causes of these differences is likely to be fertile ground for developers and researchers, the UC San Diego team notes.

3.20.19 HPC Wire
"What's New in HPC Research: TensorFlow, Buddy Compression, Intel Optane & More"
TensorFlow - an emerging open-source framework that supports using distributed applications on heterogeneous hardware - is gaining popularity for ML applications. In this paper - written by a team from KTH Royal Institute of Technology, South Park Commons, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory - the authors discuss the viability of TensorFlow for running HPC workloads on supercomputers. They design four traditional benchmark HPC applications and demonstrate that TensorFlow can take full advantage of high-performance networks and accelerators.

3.20.19 Science Node
"The robots that dementia caregivers want"
Building robots that can help people with dementia has been a longtime goal for roboticists. Yet until now, no one has sought to survey informal caregivers, such as family members, about what characteristics and roles these robots should have. A team of scientists at the University of California San Diego (UC San Diego) attempted to address this by spending six months co-designing robots with family members, social workers, and other caregivers.

3.19.19 Forbes
"Game-Changing Memory And Solid State Storage Technologies Integral To Intel's Long-Term Vision"
Intel is often identified solely by its various processor lines, but it most certainly is not a one-trick pony. Intel has made a concerted effort recently to spread the word regarding its 5G aspirations, but networking (both wired and wireless), I/O, FPGAs, core logic, power management, memory and storage technologies are all major, long-term focuses for the company as well -- essentially anything that hangs-off of a CPU or complements it in some way is fair game. Today, an editorial written by Rob Crooke, SVP and General Manager of the Non-Volatile Memory (NVM) Solutions Group at Intel

3.19.19 ECN Magazine
"The Robots That Dementia Caregivers Want: Robots for Joy, Robots for Sorrow"
Building robots that can help people with dementia has been a longtime goal for roboticists. Yet until now, no one has sought to survey informal caregivers, such as family members, about what characteristics and roles these robots should have. A team of scientists at the University of California San Diego sought to address this by spending six months co-designing robots with family members, social workers, and other caregivers who care for people with dementia. They are presenting their findings at the Human Robot Interaction conference March 11 to 14 in South Korea.

3.19.19 Medgadget
"Caregivers Want Robots to Take Care of Annoying Dementia Sufferers"
People with dementia, as well as those that take care of them, can benefit from a bit of robotic assistance. There are a few robots on the market that are designed to help elderly people around the house, but not too much exists for those suffering from cognitive decline. While there's been development in this field, researchers at the University of California, San Diego wanted to find out what kinds of robots would actually help. The team brought together a group of caregivers that have a good deal of experience with dementia patients.

3.18.19 The Next Platform
"RESEARCHERS SCRUTINIZE OPTANE MEMORY PERFORMANCE"
When Intel starts shipping its "Cascade Lake" Xeons in volume soon, it will mark a turning point in the server space. But not for processors - for memory. The Cascade Lake Xeon SP will be the first chip to support Intel's Optane DC Persistent Memory, a product that will pioneer a new memory tier that occupies the performance and capacity gap between DRAM and SSDs. Like Intel's Optane SSDs, Optane DC Persistent Memory Modules (PMM) are equipped with 3D XPoint, a non-volatile memory technology co-developed by Intel and Micron.

3.18.19 Medical Press
"The robots that dementia caregivers want: robots for joy, robots for sorrow"
Building robots that can help people with dementia has been a longtime goal for roboticists. Yet until now, no one has sought to survey informal caregivers, such as family members, about what characteristics and roles these robots should have. A team of scientists at the University of California San Diego sought to address this by spending six months co-designing robots with family members, social workers, and other caregivers who care for people with dementia. They are presenting their findings at the Human Robot Interaction conference March 11 to 14 in South Korea.

3.18.19 The Science Times
"The robots that dementia caregivers want: robots for joy, robots for sorrow"
Building robots that can help people with dementia has been a longtime goal for roboticists. Yet until now, no one has sought to survey informal caregivers, such as family members, about what characteristics and roles these robots should have. A team of scientists at the University of California San Diego sought to address this by spending six months co-designing robots with family members, social workers, and other caregivers who care for people with dementia. They are presenting their findings at the Human Robot Interaction conference March 11 to 14 in South Korea.

3.15.19 ABC 10 News San Diego
"UC San Diego researchers create new way to field test for Fentanyl"
Researchers at UC San Diego have developed a new way to field test for Fentanyl, a dangerous opioid that is deadly even in trace amounts. Similar to diabetes testing strips that measure glucose levels, the scientists at the Center for Wearable Sensors created a testing strip that can detect Fentanyl. "You simply swipe the surface and collect the sample and analyze it in one or two minutes, on the spot," says Joseph Wang, the Center's Director.

3.14.19 The San Diego Union Tribune
"Huge surge in foreign students helping UC San Diego diversity and pay its bills"
Yuan Gao was quick to say yes when a message arrived from UC San Diego offering him admission to a campus 7,000 miles from his home in southeast China. "It has a supercomputer," said Gao, a freshman who studies data science. "Not many schools have that. It'll help me become what I want to be." Reeling from reduced state funding, UC San Diego decided to heavily recruit international students, primarily because they pay at least twice as much as California residents in tuition and fees. The university says the money helps subsidize the cost of educating Californians,

3.14.19 IEEE Spectrum
"A Peek into the Future of Wearables"
Sitting near me in a Stanford University conference room last month was someone wearing the latest Apple Watch. It seemed like the latest in wearable tech when the Wearable Tech + Digital Health + Neurotech Conference started--not so much a few hours later. That's because the advances in hardware and software discussed by researchers and entrepreneurs on the stage are already, at minimum, laboratory prototypes. An example includes chemical-sensing smart glasses being developed by the team of Joseph Wang, director of the Center for Wearable Sensors at UC San Diego.

3.9.19 The San Diego Union Tribune
"How to better recycle all those batteries? This UCSD professor has some ideas"
In an increasingly high-tech world where smartphones are ubiquitous and the growth in the number of electric vehicles on the road is expected to explode, scientists and engineers are trying to solve a big problem: How to recycle the batteries that make all of those things work. The U.S. Department of Energy recently launched its first lithium-ion recycling hub, called the ReCell Center, and a UC San Diego professor will add his expertise in the campaign to help the United States grow a competitive recycling industry and reduce the country's reliance on foreign sources of battery materials.

3.8.19 Dark Daily
"University of California San Diego Researchers Demonstrates How Easily Medical Laboratory Systems and Devices Can Be Compromised, Putting Patient Live"
Medical laboratory information systems (LIS) and similar devices are vulnerable to hacking, according to physicians and computer scientists from the University of California San Diego (UCSD) and the University of California Davis (UCD). They recently completed a study that exposed the vulnerabilities of these systems and revealed how clinical laboratory test results can be manipulated and exploited to put patient lives at risk.

3.7.19 Science News
"Nanosponges sop up toxins and help repair tissues"
To take his fledgling lab to new heights, Liangfang Zhang hatched a plan that he considered brilliant in its simplicity. It involved procedures that many of his peers found a little out there. But if he could make his idea work, it would clear a major hurdle to safely ferry therapies through the body on nanoparticles one-thousandth the width of a human hair.

3.7.19 C&EN
"New method for field detection of fentanyl"
Fentanyl, an extremely potent synthetic opioid, has flooded the illicit drug market in the US. First responders arriving at the scene of an overdose, or law enforcement officers conducting drug searches, need to know what compounds they're dealing with to avoid potentially dangerous exposures. In an effort to provide a cost-effective, field-compatible method to detect fentanyl, UC San Diego researchers have developed an electrochemical sensor that takes as little as one minute to identify the drug.

2.28.19 NBC
"UCSD Students Modernize Tijuana's Emergency Response System"
An app being developed by students could help to save countless lives in Mexico. In Tijuana, 13 ambulances serve a city of almost 1.7 million people. They are run by Cruz Roja, of the Red Cross. The ambulances are dispatched by radios but are not tracked in real time, making effective dispatching a challenge. This can slow down patients' access to emergency care at a time when they need it the most.Students at UC San Diego?s Jacobs School of Engineering are creating a mobile application that will change that.

2.28.19 Design World
"Robotics Summit & Expo keynote lineup"
The Robotics Summit & Expo, produced by The Robot Report, has announced the keynote lineup for the June 5-6 event at Boston's Seaport World Trade Center. The Robotics Summit focuses on the technical issues involved with the design, development, manufacture and delivery of commercial-class robots. Click here to see the Robotics Summit speaker lineup. Registration for the Robotics Summit is also open. Register by March 29 to take advantage of the early bird discount of $495 for full-conference passes. Academic registration is $295 and expo-only passes are just $50.

2.22.19 The Robot Report
"6 takeaways from the ROS-I Conference"
Open-source software for robots is becoming increasingly widespread in industry as well as academia. For some companies, the Robot Operation System (ROS) is already a competitive and innovative factor. The ROS-Industrial (ROS-I) Conference in Stuttgart, Germany, showed what developers and users are currently doing and why Amazon and Google are now using ROS for their robotics efforts. Interest in ROS has increased significantly in recent years. Developed in 2007, ROS initially became the de facto standard, not only in research, but also for service robot technologies.

2.21.19 National Geographic
"These animals inspire better body armor for humans"
If you've seen best-picture contender Black Panther leading up to this weekend's Academy Awards, you probably marveled (gulp) at the title character's vibranium suit. It's pretty much the coolest armor ever made. Except, perhaps, for some animals who make their own. Shells, exoskeletons, scales--it makes us wonder about these real-life super suits. Just how strong are they?

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